Abbott ‘Captain Bud’ Phillips
Aspen, CO Colorado
Former Aspen resident Abbott “Captain Bud” Phillips, of Little Compton, R.I., died peacefully, surrounded by loved ones at his home, on Tuesday, Jan. 20. He was the husband of Andrea Robinson Phillips, to whom he was married to for a fabulous 29 years.
He was the wonderful father of Weatherly Bates of Alaska, Krietta Phillips of Vermont, Noel Hallisey of Colorado and Holly Kropp of Arkansas. He was predeceased by two sons, Charles “Cap” Phillips and William Phillips. He was also the grandfather of four grandchildren and one great-grandaughter, and an uncle to multiple nephews and nieces. He is survived by a brother, William Phillips of Florida.
Bud was born in Providence to Abbott Phillips and Amy Habich Phillips. He spent his youth between Providence and Little Compton. During his youth, he developed a love of fishing, boating, sailing, golf, hunting and the outdoors that he carried throughout his life.
Bud attended Moses Brown, Proctor Academy and New Hampton School. He went on to Colgate University. During his time at school, he was a competitive skier ” “Bud Phillips was the man to beat.”
Bud went on to enlist in the 10th Mountain Division and fought in the Italian and Austrian Alps during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star for his heroic actions during the Battle of Riva Ridge.
Upon returning from World War II, Bud was on the Olympic Ski Squad and also helped establish several ski resorts in Colorado and Vermont. He lived in Aspen for several years, and his name is on the 10th Mountain Division memorial statue in town. He was head of the Bud Phillips Ski School at Mad River Glen and later instructed skiing at Sugarbush Glen Elen, both in Vermont. He owned and operated the famous Dipsy Doodle nightclub in Waitsfield, Vt.
Bud’s summertime business for over 68 years was Capt. Bud Phillips Charter Fishing Boats out of Sakonnet Point. He retired from this in 2006. He was a renowned fisherman and captain, being one of the first people to fish for swordfish and Giant Bluefin tuna fish with a rod and reel.
A memorial service will be held at the United Congregational Church in Little Compton on Saturday, Jan. 31, 2009, at 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the Tenth Mountain Division Foundation; 133 South Van Gordon St.; Suite 200; Lakewood, CO 80228. The burial will be private. Arrangements are in the care of the Waring-Sullivan Home of Memorial Tribute at Cherry Place 178 Winter St. Fall River.
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